Utah Movie Theater Censors Name Of “Kick Ass 2″ From Movie Listings In Latest Bit Of Self Righteousness
In their latest act of cinematic self-righteousness, the Utah-based Larry H. Miller Megaplex movie theater chain has decided it is their role to protect Utahns by censoring content on their behalf.
The Salt Lake Tribune reported the story that Megaplex was changing the name of new film “Kick Ass 2″ to “Kick A 2″ in its movie listings. The Tribune referenced Salt Lake City Weekly’s Scott Renshaw’s response on Twitter, which I wholeheartedly agree with.
If you really cared about offensiveness, @megaplextheatre, you'd worry less about title of KICK-ASS 2 and more about what's in it.
— Scott Renshaw (@scottrenshaw) August 15, 2013
The move by Megaplex is superficial and self-righteous. The company is more than willing to profit off of a movie with an abhorrent amount of violence and vulgarity, but is too disturbed by the title of the film to let it be seen on its website.
Let this be said: If Larry H. Miller Megaplex has a problem with any aspect of a film not being fit for its standards, it should not show the film. This company did exactly that when Brokeback Mountain was released years ago. Megaplex‘s schizophrenic attitude toward what it will show and what it won’t show is comical at best. The company wants to go out of its way to let Utahns know it is standing up for its values, thus censoring the title of the film, but they’ll show and profit off of movies that feature violence, murder, and rape all day long. Gay sex though? Hell no. Not in our back yard.
It’s time for Megaplex to put its money where its mouth is and stop showing movies that don’t fit its alleged corporate values. There are plenty of other theaters (much nicer ones at that) in the Salt Lake Valley that can cater to people who want to see films without having to see the theater urinate on the producers’ vision by taking creative license with their own name for the film. Megaplex can’t have its cake and eat it too.Buffer